Radford Bulletin Term 1, Week 9, 2021 – 31 March 2021

Staff Insights

Fiona Godfrey, Principal of Radford College

From the Principal, 31 March 21

31 March 2021

Term 1 in review

As we head into our first term break, and make our final preparations for our Foundation Day tomorrow, it is timely to reflect on the first quarter of the 2021 academic year.

Overall, I believe we have had a very successful Term 1. Our new students appear to have settled in well at Radford, and we have been able to undertake a number of large events, some involving travel and overnight stays, despite the constant threat of COVID-19 restrictions.

On reflection, all of the camps held this term (Years 5, 7, 8, 11 and Music Camp) have all been highly successful.  They have given staff and students an opportunity to get to know each other better, to test and explore new situations and experiences, and plan for the year ahead. I would particularly like to take this opportunity to thank the staff involved in the organisation of these camps, as they all require a huge amount of planning and logistical manoeuvring and take them away from their own family members!

On the sporting field we have had a highly productive end to the summer sporting season, with our Cricket, Futsal, and Oztag teams and Rowing squads all having a great deal of success.

While most of the sporting teams have now finished their competitions for the summer season, last weekend I had the honour and delight to experience the final three days of the Australian Rowing Championships at Lake Barrington in Tasmania, with 32 of our most senior rowers, many of their parents, and a number of the rowing coaches, most notably, our Head of Rowing Ms Vicky Spencer.

The Australian Rowing Championships are the pinnacle of any rowing year, and this year we sent our largest contingent of rowers ever. The standard of racing is always very high, with only the top crews from schools from all over Australia attending. Prior to the students departing, they were encouraged to do their very best, but were warned that the standard was exceptionally high. and that they should not be disappointed if they did not bring home the usual medal haul.

Rowing Nationals 2021 - medals and trophies Rowing Nationals 2021

Well, the students did not disappoint at all, and in fact we had the most successful Australian Championships ever, by a long way. Radford College has won 8 Australian medals in the history of rowing at our school; however, this year not only did we double that tally, but we also won outright the point score cup for schoolboys and tied (with Loreto Kirribili from Sydney) for schoolgirl point score cup. Not surprising, we had the highest aggregate for all schools. These successes saw Radford crowned as the Australian Champion school for rowing in 2021!

Whilst it is hard to single out particular performances from our medal tally of seven podium finishes, it is probably the four gold medals that were most pleasing. These included a gold medal finish in the Open Schoolboy Coxed Quad (arguably the premier race on the program behind the coxed eight), the Under 17 Girls’ Coxed Eight (which included a number of Year 9 students), the Open Schoolgirl Coxed Quad Sprint and the Under 17 Boys’ Double Scull.

Although we will have a number of opportunities to congratulate and thank our rowing community in the coming weeks, it is appropriate to acknowledge, congratulate and thank everyone who has been involved in the rowing program over the past few years. Under Vicky Spencer’s leadership, and with the amazing assistance of President of FoRR, Nikki Schroder, this group of talented individuals and crews, along with a very strong group of supporters, have gone from strength to strength, to take out this weekend what is arguably the most sought after prizes for any school in this country that offers rowing. We are all so incredibly proud of their combined efforts! 

Rowing Nationals 2021 - team Rowing Nationals 2021 - supporters

I’m pleased to share with you the ways in which the College is upgrading its online platforms in 2021/2022.

New intranet and parent portal – late 2021
The College will replace Radford Online with a new intranet for staff and students, which will include a parent portal. Schoolbox is a platform used by many schools across Australia. It provides the information parents and caregivers need about their child/ren’s engagement with school activities in a more user-friendly way. An app will also be introduced for parents and caregivers to easily access the information within Schoolbox on their mobile device.

New Learning Management System – early 2022
The College will launch a new Learning Management System (LMS) to replace SEQTA Engage. The Secondary School will use Schoolbox for its LMS, while the Junior School will use Toddle, an LMS designed specifically for the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme which will integrate with Schoolbox.

New website
The College’s new website will go live during Term 2. With a bold, engaging style, the new site encourages prospective parents to learn more about Radford.

Resources for current parents and caregivers will be located under a Parent Portal tab in the top right-hand corner of the website.

Until the new intranet and parent portal is launched, Radford Online will continue to operate and will be accessible from the Parent Portal tab.

The 2020 Radfordian is almost ready to be printed and will be available for distribution early in Term 2.

A copy of the Radfordian will be sent home with the eldest child of each family at the College. They will receive their family's copy during class (Junior School) or tutor time (Secondary School). The Class of 2020 will also receive a copy.

A review of this term would not be complete without some commentary on the issues that have been capturing the media’s attention in recent months around sexual consent, sexism and male privilege. In my view, we have had, and well may continue to have, unprecedented and long overdue attention given to these concepts, which will hopefully see changes to the way women are treated.

Whilst I am not pleased about the circumstances that have led to this ongoing media attention, I am glad that finally the plight of women, particularly those who are willing to say it is not okay just to accept the injustices of the past, has finally been brought to the attention of the mainstream media.

At the Secondary School Assembly on 17 March, I spoke about these issues in my address. Whilst I wanted to highlight that this was a long overdue issue to be tackled, I was careful to make sure that the boys in the audience did not feel they were being singled out, or any way felt they were to be blamed. I made sure that my speech highlighted that the way to tackle these issues was by everyone working together and ‘calling out’ issues, if and when they heard, saw, or witnessed them.

Here are some excerpts from my speech to the Secondary School students:

Good morning everyone and a warm welcome to our special Harmony Day Assembly.

Harmony Day is traditionally a day when we take time to recognise the importance of cultural diversity. However, I think we are starting to see that it means more than that to many people. I think when we boil it down, Harmony Day is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians. This day is a day for us to celebrate and recognise that everyone at Radford belongs, regardless of their race, their gender, their sexuality, or their religious affinity.

This year, and at this particular time, the need for respect, inclusiveness and equality has saturated media outlets. In recent weeks, we have heard deeply distressing allegations of sexual assault and harassment against women both here in Australia and overseas. The shockwaves have rocked various institutions and refocused the spotlight on the treatment of women in the workplace, highlighting the lack of accountability and power imbalance that so frequently exists. This has ignited impassioned calls to action, including questioning the role that schools play in ensuring our world is one in which the rights of each individual are genuinely respected.

Two days ago, at a March 4 Justice Rally here in Canberra, Brittany Higgins, who alleges she was sexually assaulted in an office in Parliament House, delivered a powerful message to the crowd. She said this:

I speak to you today out of necessity. We are all here today not because we want to be here, but because we have to be here. We fundamentally recognise the system is broken, the glass ceiling is still in place, and there are significant failings in the power structures within our institutions. We are here because it is unfathomable that we are still having to fight this same stale, tired fight.

As it has been said before, time can be used constructively or destructively. Human progress rarely rolls on inevitability. It is through dedication and effort that we move forward. When we fall asleep at the wheel, what tends to happen is that time becomes an ally of those who seek stagnation. We regress. It is the custodians of the status quo keeping the existing order alive. To see a real progress, we must seek it out.

Two weeks ago, Australian of the Year, Grace Tame also delivered a powerful address at the National Press Club. Sadly, her distressing and graphic story is not unique. But in speaking out, she has drawn attention to the disrespect that SOME men still harbour towards women, that underpin these attacks. I deliberately highlighted that word SOME, because we know that it is a small number of men who act in the manner to which she was subjected.

Grace is a remarkable young woman and the courage she displayed in winning her fight to have the victim’s voice heard was indomitable. There are others who do not wish to be identified or fight their battles so publicly. But it is important they know that they are in our thoughts.

As a proud and progressive school, we are a fundamental part of the change that is so desperately needed. But that change cannot come by demonizing boys and men. It is a small fraction of men who have not shown respect to their female counterparts in the past, and so we should not be tarring all with the same brush. While it is clear that there has been a number of men who have mistreated women in the past, we also know there has always been a number of women who have not done the right thing to men in the past. It is important that this recent media attention does not cause certain groups to point the finger at others, but rather for us to say collectively, what can we do to change this situation that sadly, for too long has been allowed to continue.

Now more than ever, we need to have men and women walking alongside each other, addressing or ‘calling out’ discrimination and injustices as they see them. And I think each and every one of you have a role in doing this on a regular basis. Whenever you hear someone making a remark or comment that is sexist or racist in either tone or content, say something. Say something to them, to others, to teachers, to parents and anyone else who can make a difference. We have to constantly remind ourselves about what are the values we hold dear  - Truth, Compassion and Wisdom…..and RESPECT.

At Radford, we have a very comprehensive pastoral care/wellbeing and personal development program that starts in Pre-Kindergarten and goes all of the way through to Year 12, addressing at appropriate levels, issues of respectful relationships, sexual relationships, gender stereotyping, homophobia, and warning signs of abusive behaviour (just to name a few). A great deal of the wellbeing and personal development education is completed in the classroom in the Junior School, and within the Tutor Group in the Secondary School, but some of this is explicitly taught in the Sexuality and Relationship Program in Years 5 and 6, and a great deal within HPE curriculum in Years 7 - 10.

Should parents want any further information about what is taught at their child’s year level about these issues, they are encouraged to speak to their child’s classroom teacher, Mr Nick Martin or Ms Emily Begbie (for Junior School parents), their child’s Tutor (Years 7 – 12), the Head of HPE, Mr Justin Wood or Ms Claire Melloy, Assistant Principal Students (for Secondary School Students). 

I wish all Radford students, parents and staff a very happy, relaxing, safe and enjoyable first term holiday period. I look forward to welcoming everyone back on 19 April for the first day of Term 2.

Easter - The Stone Rolled Away by Michael Torevell

Living the Easter story

31 March 2021

God stands with all of us in our vulnerability

From Rev. Dr Katherine Rainger, Senior Chaplain

The First Gold of Dawn by Jean Murdoch

The long day
stretched into night
and time crept onward
towards the new day.
With the first gold of dawn
came a resurrection,
a new hope that grew
with the rising sun,
and went out to a waiting world.           

Jesus stood among his disciples and said, ‘Peace be with you; why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet. Touch me and see.’ (Luke 24: 36-39)           

One Good Friday service that I attended at Holy Covenant Anglican Church Jamison stands out in my memory. At this solemn service, readings from the Gospel of John, prayers and music led us through Jesus’ last hours before his crucifixion. I felt the weight of this story of violence against the innocence, of the betrayal that Jesus faces, and of his sacrifice of love as he faces death. 

At one point in the service, we were invited to respond in various ways. Response stations were set up for people to use if they wanted to. At one station there was some plasticine. A child used the plasticine to make Jesus on the cross. He then held it carefully in his hands as we returned to our seats. 

There was something about this child’s response that really struck me. It is hard to articulate but it was something to do with the vulnerability of God who can be formed and held in such a way. 

We see the vulnerability as God, in the person of Jesus, is arrested, mocked and killed. In this moment, God is standing with the vulnerable of our world, all those who face violence and oppression. God stands with all of us in our vulnerability in the face of death and declares that there is more to the story. 

Without rushing to the victory of Easter Sunday, for the Easter story also invites us to wait in the shadows of Holy Saturday, the solidarity and grace shown by God is why Easter Sunday is such a day of celebration. Jesus is risen. Violence does not have the final word. The innocent victim has been vindicated. The resurrected Jesus appears to his followers and declares ‘peace be with you’, empowering them to bear witness to all that they have seen, and to share God’s message of peace, justice for all and new life. 

This story from over 2000 years ago continues to be lived by millions of people around the world, including in places that continue to experience violence. Sister Ann Rose Nu Tawng actions in Myanmar are a stark reminder of the call for Jesus’ followers to expose and resist violence. 

The invitation for all of us is to join in. To live the Easter story anew alongside communities near and far as we renew our faith and pray and work for justice and peace. 

  • In Canberra 

The whole Easter story from Maundy Thursday, to the sadness of Good Friday and the joy of Easter Sunday is beautifully enacted in churches around Canberra. Two local churches are Holy Covenant Anglican Church in Jamison (including a kids service at 4pm on Easter Saturday) and All Saints Anglican Church in Ainslie.


  • From Canberra to Jerusalem 

A poignant Easter Service made by Palestinian and Australian Christians can be viewed here. This service includes prayers, readings and songs in English, Arabic and Aramaic (the language spoken by Jesus).


  • Wherever we are 

The story of Jesus’ death and resurrection can be told wherever we are. Simple rituals can be adapted in our homes, down the coast or travelling to see friends and family. On Friday a student in Year 4 gave me a cross that he had made from two sticks. On Easter Sunday, as we enjoy our chocolate eggs (a reminder of the empty tomb), there is a custom from Greek culture of cracking the eggs together and saying, ‘Christ is Risen’ ‘He is risen indeed’. 

May the peace of the risen Christ be with you this Easter. 

I would also like to wish the Jewish members of the Radford community a meaningful and happy Passover

Easter blessings
Rev. Katherine











An important report on this risky behaviour

SchoolTV: Vaping and e-cigarettes

31 March 2021

Special report on this risky activity

SPECIAL REPORT: Vaping & E-Cigarettes

‘Vaping’ is becoming a trendy pastime that is growing in popularity across Australia, especially amongst teenagers. It is the act of inhaling a vapour created by an electronic cigarette, or e-cigarette. Many teenagers are succumbing to peer pressure around this risk-taking activity due to the ease of accessing and hiding vapes. They are often cheaper than conventional cigarettes, making it more cost-effective and attractive to young people.

Although under-18s are not legally allowed to purchase any type of e-cigarette or vaping product in Australia, teenagers are finding ways to access them online. Australia has strict regulations in place for nicotine-containing products, and attempts are being made to regulate vaping and ban the importation of vaping products. Many of the flavoured liquids associated with vaping not only contain high levels of nicotine, but also other potentially harmful additives. Many of these “e-liquids” contain chemicals that are likely to be toxic, and when inhaled or vaped repeatedly, can cause severe damage to the lungs.

Vaping is often marketed as being the “healthy” alternative to smoking. However, doctors strongly advise that if you do not smoke, then you should not start vaping. Most teenagers are unaware of the associated risks and potential impact vaping can have on their development and overall health. Parents are encouraged to discuss the dangers of nicotine addiction and include e-cigarettes in the discussion alongside alcohol and drugs.

This Special Report highlights the facts around vaping and e-cigarettes and what are the potential risks.

If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the College Wellbeing Team for further information, or seek medical or professional help.



The Mulford Junior School at Radford College

JS News, 31 Mar 21

31 March 2021

Reflecting on human connection and a wonderful term of achievement

From Karen Mahar, Assistant Principal, Deputy Head of Junior School

Important dates

Thursday 1 April

Foundation Day
Last Day of Term 1

Mon 19 April

First day of Term 2


Karen Mahar, Deputy Head of Junior SchoolWith the first anniversary of the restrictions associated with the outbreak of COVID-19, it seems timely to reflect on lessons learnt as members of Radford and as part of larger communities, including local, national and international.

In a quote often attributed to Charles Darwin, it has been said that “In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.”

Communities throughout the world have been affected in different ways. Thankfully, for our community, it would seem things have been as good as they could have been.
What has been apparent over the past twelve months is the significance of human connection, kindness and empathy towards one another, both for mental and physical health. While we promote the importance of self-belief, self-esteem and self-interest, a bigger picture on life reveals the greater value of collaboration with others in achieving common goals and objectives, and the value of participation in building self-worth as a consequence.

For many of us, it seems hard to believe we’re nearing the end of Term 1 of 2021, until we consider the events celebrated, and the considerable achievements and progress made since starting the new year.

Grandfriends Day

Some highlights of Term 1 for the Junior School have included:

  • Swimming Carnival
  • School Photos
  • Reading Challenge Festival
  • Author visits
  • Boatshed experiences
  • Excursions and incursions including:

- Recycling centre

- Ngunnawal Elder guided walk on Gossan Hill 

- Planetarium

  • Beach and Boardies
  • Grandparents Day
  • Parent workshops – iPads and Bullying, Kindergarten Reading, Judith Locke
  • AFL, netball, gala days
  • Harmony Day
  • Parent Community Gatherings for PK, Year 3, 5 & 6
  • Year 5 Camp
  • Parent Teacher interviews
  • A new playground.

Topping things off, Term 1 saw many students participating in enriching cocurricular activities. 
PA Quiggin Playground JS Play spaces
Harmony Day 2021 Dragon dancing


A sincere message of thanks to all staff and students engaging in these events and activities, in addition to the other teaching and learning opportunities during this term. We continue to appreciate these contributions to our school culture.

Foundation Day

This is a significant day each year at Radford College.  On this day, our community celebrates our College mission statement: living in truth, rising in compassion and walking in wisdom.
To commence the day, all students will attend “The Telling” at a whole College service. Along with the annual mass bulb planting, our Junior School students will participate in team activities and House spirit chants, competing for the Bishop’s Cup.

Happy end of term

We hope that everyone is able to find some time to pause and relax after a busy start to the 2021 school year. Autumn holidays present an opportunity to enjoy cool evenings and warm sunny days with family and significant people in our lives.

Rest well and stay safe.

Radford College

Foundation Day Activities - Secondary School

31 March 2021

Activities for Thursday 1 April

Dear Parents & Caregivers 

Radford College Secondary School - Foundation Day 2021

On Thursday 1 April, Radford College will celebrate Foundation Day, one of the most enjoyable days of the year. 

Whilst there are no scheduled classes on Foundation Day, it is a compulsory school day. Students should make their way to and from school as usual and wear their House uniform, including a hat. Students are asked to bring food and water for the day, as the school canteen will only be open for drinks, ice-creams and pre-prepared food (no lunch orders for Secondary School students). 

After the Foundation Day service in the G Wigg Sports Centre (gym) students will be involved in a range of activities held at the College or at a venue off-campus. Students have already selected their activity at House meetings. If your child was away on the day of House meetings, they can sign up for an activity by visiting the Sports Office. 

Activities held at Radford:

  • AFL 9s – P&F Oval
  • Badminton – G Wigg Sports Centre (gym)
  • Bubble Sports – P&F Oval
  • Chess – MAJ classrooms
  • Computer Games – Computer Labs
  • Dance – Dance Studios
  • European Handball – Outdoor Basketball Courts

Activities held off-campus (travel by bus or walk):

  • Basketball (Belconnen Basketball Stadium) – bus departing from College Street
  • Beach Sports (Canberra Olympic Pool) – bus departing from Junior School
  • Lawn Bowls (Belconnen Bowling Club, Hawker) – bus departing from College Street
  • Netball (Charnwood Netball Courts) – bus departing from Turning Circle
  • Pitch & Putt Golf (Canberra International Golf Centre, Narrabundah) – bus departing from Turning Circle
  • Rock Climbing (Canberra Indoor Rock Climbing, Mitchell) – bus departing from Junior School
  • Soccer (University of Canberra) – walk
  • Tennis (Canberra Tennis Centre, Lyneham) – bus departing from Turning Circle
  • Touch Football (University of Canberra) – walk
  • Ultimate Frisbee (University of Canberra) – walk

NOTE: This letter has been sent to parents with an EdSmart form, seeking permission for your child to participate in their chosen activity. 

An outline of the program follows: 


Tutor group for roll marking


Foundation Day Service - G Wigg Sports Centre (gym)


Students travel to various venues


Activities begin


students return to the College


All students gather in gym to watch dance performances and the presentation of the Bishop’s Cup



We look forward to a successful Foundation Day and wish you and your families all the best for a safe and happy break. 

Kind regards

Adrian Johnson
Deputy Principal - Head of Secondary School

2020 Alliance Francaise Film Festival screening of "Fourmi"

French Cinema Excursion

31 March 2021

Year 9/10 students enjoy the French Film Festival

By Rhiannon Richards, French Teacher

As the French Film Festival has been playing in Canberra this month, local schools were invited to participate by attending select screenings during the school day. Our Year 9 students usually attend this excursion, and this year they were joined by the Year 10s, who narrowly missed out on this experience last year, due to the transition to learning from home. 

We were treated to a cinema screen all to ourselves, thanks to the wonderful organisation of the Palace Electric Cinema in New Acton. The film we saw was Fourmi, which is the French word for an ant, a reference to the small stature, yet tenacious spirit of the lead character. We were on the edge of our seats, waiting to see how the story would play out, cheering when he scored a goal and applauding at the end of the movie. 

This was an excellent linguistic and cultural excursion, one which many of us will remember for a long time to come. 

Synopsis by Julien Rappeneau (Writer/director)


Twelve-year old Theo plays for a local soccer club and has enough talent to eventually go pro. But his father has been on a self-destructive spiral ever since he started drinking and got divorced, and Theo feels powerless and anxious as he watches his dad slowly destroying his own life. But he refuses to give up on him. When a recruiter for a prestigious British club takes notice of him, Theo sees an opportunity to rekindle his father’s hope, but despite all his efforts he is not selected. So he decides to lie and say he was, hoping to make his father happy and proud. Theo’s dad is so overjoyed that he puts all his heart into helping his son prepare for “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” gradually regaining his taste for life and motivation for the future. Until the lie reaches unforeseen proportions and completely spins out of control. Thankfully, Theo’s little lie has already operated big change and generated so much hope, that life is able to get back on track. Only better!

Violinist Jake performs "Jealousy" by Jacob Gabe, accompanied by Mrs Emily Leong.

Artist Spotlight: violinist Jake Smith

31 March 2021

Performing "Jealousy", by Jacob Gabe

This week’s performance feature is a video of violinist Jake Smith, Year 10,  performing Jealousy by Jacob Gabe. The accompanist is Mrs Emily Leong. 

Jake started playing violin at the age of 3, and was initially taught by his uncle. He is the current Concert Master at Radford, and is preparing for his Grade 8 AMEB Exam in June. Jake finds classroom music relaxing, fun, productive and rewarding and enjoys it as a relief from his STEM subjects. 

Outside of music, Jake enjoys playing cricket where he is the school’s Cricket Captain. He is also on the ACT representative team.  

What do musicians listen to ? The last song Jake played on his phone was Body Back, featuring Right by Gryffin and Maria White. 

Open to students from Kindergarten to Year 12

Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Competition

31 March 2021

Calling poets from Kindergarten to Year 12 to enter!

From Gemma Wilson and Rachael Hind, Teacher Librarians

Are you a keen writer?
Is poetry ‘your thing’?
Are you looking to extend your writing?

The Junior Library is supporting the 2021 Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards and is encouraging Junior School students who love writing to consider entering this national poetry competition. 

The competition is open from March 1 to June 30, 2021.  Further information can be found at the Dorothea Mackellar website, along with the work of previous winners. 

Kindergarten – Year 3 students are eligible for the lower primary category, with Year 4-6 students in the upper primary category. There are also categories for Secondary students, and we encourage interested poets in Years 7-12 to also contact us regarding entries.  Please note, there will be no cost for individual students or families to enter. 

If you think your child may be interested in this, please email Teacher Librarians Gemma Wilson or Rachael Hind, for further information.


Collegian Anjuli Kaney (Class of 2010) entertains Year 2 students with her new book

Author Anjuli Kaney visits the JS Library

31 March 2021

Collegian Anjuli (Class of 2010) read her book to Year 2 students

From Rachael Hind and Gemma Wilson, Teacher Librarians 

Dr Anjuli Kaney visits the JS LibraryDr Anjuli Kaney (Collegian, Class of 2010) visited our Year 2 Library lessons on 24 March to share her newly published book, Benny and the Boogie Monster. The students enjoyed hearing Anjuli read the story and asked her many questions about the writing process. The students delighted in re-creating Anjuli’s Boogie Monster character and sharing them with her. 

Synopsis: Benny is afraid of the dark. But most of all Benny is afraid of the Boogie Monster! One night after his mummy tucks him into bed, Benny stumbles into a mysterious land where he comes face to face with his greatest fear - the Boogie Monster! However, when the Boogie Monster begins tapping his feet to the sound of music, Benny realises perhaps things are not as scary as they seem. 

Whilst Anjuli has a passion for storytelling, she is also a qualified Dental Surgeon and currently resides in Sydney. Anjuli had said that she was greatly looking forward to returning to the College to see the changes that have taken place over the past 10 years and sharing this story with the Radford students. 

Anjuli initially completed the majority of this book for a Year 12 Children's Literature assignment. Eleven years on, she thanks her former Year 12 English Teacher, Mr Geoff Piggott, for his encouragement in getting the book published. 

We are very grateful to the Radford Collegians Association for organising the visit, and wish Anjuli all the best with her book and future writing endeavours. 

The book is now available for purchase.

Anjuli reads her book to Year 2 students


Take part in this fun relay swim event to support people living with Multiple Sclerosis

MS Mega Swim

31 March 2021

Join a team for this fun event 1-2 May, supporting people with MS

Collegian Alex McGregor (Class of 1999) is the Social Media and Marketing Coordinator at Multiple Sclerosis.  The MS Mega Swim event is taking place at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) on Saturday 1 May to Sunday 2 May. 

The MS Mega Swim is a fun team relay event where teams have a swimmer in the water for the entire 24 hours and compete for laps swum and money raised, in support for people living with multiple sclerosis. 

People of all ages and abilities can take part in the MS Mega Swim, with each team creating a roster to suit each swimmer. Some swim for 10 minutes, others for 4 hours! The MS Mega Swim is a competition with points awarded to each team; 1 point for every $10 raised (banked funds) and 1 point for every 500 metres swum. 

Read about this event on the Collegians website.  


POSITION VACANT - Collegians Event Coordinator 

Accepting applications until midnight 11 April 2021.

 See Collegians Association position vacant - Event Coordinator, 12 month contract



Uniform shop

Zip PE Sport Microfibre jacket shortage

31 March 2021

Arrangements for students without this uniform item

Perm-A-Pleat Uniform Shop has advised that the Zip PE Sport Microfibre Jacket worn by students in Years 5 to 12 is in short supply. Stock should become available in May, and families will be notified when stock levels are replenished. 

IN THE INTERIM,  students who do not own a Zip PE Sport Microfibre jacket will be permitted to wear the blue outer coat for additional warmth during Junior School Friday, Sport (Week B); PE and Cocurricular Sport. 

Students who do own a Zip PE Sport Microfibre jacket must wear that, not the blue outer coat.


BELOW LEFT:                                                                                         BELOW RIGHT:
Zip PE Sport Microfibre, STANDARD UNIFORM                                   Blue outer jacket - ONLY if no  Zip PE Microfibre            

Zip PE Microfibre Jacket                                     Blue outer jacket - only if no PE Jacket 


Book now for this feast of family wackiness!

The Addams Family Musical

24 March 2021

A comical feast of family wackiness

From Nick Akhurst, Head of Co-curricular Drama 

It is a comical feast that embraces the wackiness in every family, features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare: Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. And if that wasn’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father, and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before– keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents. 

We hope to see you at the show. 

Dates: April 23, 24,29, 30 and 1 May
Time: 7pm
Venue: TB Millar Hall
Book online: https://www.trybooking.com/BPUZI

An RTC environmental initiative

Nude Food Tues & Waste-free Wed

24 March 2021

Back in Term 2 get ready now!

From Melinda Hamilton, RTC Coordinator

The 2021 RTC is keen to relaunch an environmental initiative that has been a growing movement in the Junior School over the past few years: Nude Food Tuesday and Waste-Free Wednesday. 

Starting in Term 2, students will be asked to bring a completely ‘nude’ lunchbox (without any packaging) to school on Tuesdays AND Wednesdays. It was pleasing to see the support of the majority of families last year, with some students actually having a waste-free lunch every single day. 

Our class trophy winners and waste-free prize draws at Celebration will recommence, to help encourage and reward those people who are working hard to care for our environment. 

So get ready! Students are asked to reflect on their current lunchbox and how waste-free they already are, getting organised for next term with reusable containers, beeswax wraps, metal cutlery etc. 

The RTC looks forward to a very waste-free year!

Tips for waste-free lunches


A great start to the season for our football players

Sports Report, 31 Mar 21

31 March 2021

Sports reports

See also the Sporting Holiday Program article

Senior Water Polo Gala
Last Wednesday was the last of our Senior Inter School Water Polo Gala Days. Well done to all our students who participated in each of the tournaments over the past 3 weeks. Almost all of our students were new to the sport, and took on the challenge of learning a new and physically demanding sport. They represented Radford with pride. It was wonderful to see so many of them enjoy their experience, with many students keen to sign up and play water polo. 

Senior Water Polo Gala 2021 Senior Water Polo Gala 2021

Belconnen Zone Netball Gala Day
Last Thursday our Junior School students participated in the Belconnen Zone Netball Gala Day. We had two teams compete in the day, providing a wonderful pre-season training for their upcoming season. We had several wins, draws and closely contested matches. Our senior students Ava (Y11) and Jasmine (Y10) did a wonderful job supporting the team as umpires throughout the day. Many thanks to Mrs Robertson and Mrs Gray for coaching the teams.

Netball Gala 2021

Snowsports Community Second-hand Equipment Sale
Saturday 1st May 2021, 8.30am - 1.30pm, G Wigg Sports Centre

This is an opportunity to SELL or BUY pre-loved skis, snowboards, clothing and accessories at this very popular event. Empty your Snowsports cache in the garage and upsize, upgrade and find plenty of bargains! More details in the Bulletin next term about how to register to sell equipment and clothing. 

The NPLY Football teams kicked off their season on Sunday against Tuggeranong United, with a win in all 4 grades for the first time ever: 

U13s won 6-1

U14s won 10-0

U16s won 4-0

U18s won 3-1

 Congratulations to the Girls Bill Turner Football team who defeated Stromlo High School 1-0 on Monday to progress to Round 2, against the winner of St Clares College v John Paul College match. Round 2 will be played early Term 2.


Netball - Introduction to Umpiring Course
This 3 hour course is a foundation course to teach beginner umpires the basic rules and how they apply to the game. Experienced State League umpires and coaches guide participants through various stations and talk through rules and their applications. 

NetballBooking link: https://www.trybooking.com/BQCYO

Date: Saturday 17 April

Time: 1:00-4:00pm
(please arrive 12:45pm to register on arrival)

Location: Solar Hub NACT Centre

Cost: $15 – those who commit to umpiring for Radford will have the cost reimbursed.

Please send the receipt and bank details to Tameka.Collins@radford.act.edu.au



Book now for holiday programs

Sports Holiday Programs, April 2021

31 March 2021

Netball, cricket, rugby, soccer, ice skating, bowling - so much choice!

Choose from a wide range of sporting programs and activities available in the holidays.

 Radford Holiday Program

ACT Netball
International Holiday Camps
Pro-Performance Cricket Camp  

Brumbies Term 1 School Holidays Development Camps
In 2021 Brumbies will hold two separate Development Camps in regional areas which aim to incorporate team building exercises, rugby skill training, gameplay in an enjoyable environment during the holiday period.  

Coerver Coaching ACT Holiday Camps – April 2021
Coerver Coaching holiday camps offer a fun filled soccer experience for children aged 4-16 years. Each day will include Coerver® SUPER SKILLS competitions and challenges, Ball Mastery, Coaching sessions focusing on developing effective use of skill, small sided Coerver® Games, and mini Coerver Cup Tournament to keep players active. 

Dates: Monday, 12 April – Thursday, 15 April
Times: 9:00am – 12:00pm each day
Venues: Northside – University of Canberra, Bruce. Southside – Trinity Christian School, Waniassa.For more information, or to register, visit this link: https://coerveract.com.au/holiday-camps



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Uniform Shops (both) holiday hours

31 March 2021

Holiday hours for Perm-A-Pleat and Secondhand shop

Visit Perm-A-Pleat uniform shop website page for full details of bookings.

Online appointments for Uniform Fittings essential
Limited capacity (no more than 8 at any time) for walk-in customers to pick up online orders and for quick single item purchases.
All visitors must sign in using the Check in CBR App.





















Secondhand Shop website page for full details of bookings.

Appointments only - the shop is not open for walk-in/unscheduled visits.   















QCity and Transport NSW bus information

QCity and Transport NSW information

31 March 2021

Route and trip planner information

QCity Transit – route number change
Contact: 02 6299 3722  

From Monday 29 March 2021, the afternoon bus route number for service to Antill Street interchange has changed from S254 (old)  to S263 (new). 

The afternoon school departure times for School bus S263 will be as follows: 



Radford College


Antill St Interchange



Transport Connect Bus (TCB) Program

Transport NSW is introducing the Transport Connect Bus program, which will include a Trip Planner tool on the Transportnsw.info site. 

See flyer for more detail.


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